Learning world dance from a world traveler has its advantages. iDance Studio's instructors hail from locales as far-flung as Russia, Uzbekistan, India, and Puerto Rico, and their careers as professional dancers have taken them across the world. Led by renowned belly-dance performer LaUra, who has performed for both Mary J Blige and Beyonc?, their latest destination is Brooklyn. In the cheery studio tucked above the Millennium Theater, instructors teach world dance styles worthy of their collection of souvenir pilot's wings: Uzbek classical, Turkish, Russian, Indian, Gypsy, Flamenco, Tajik, and of course belly dance. Students of all ages can jump into these high-octane classes, improving their hip-swiveling while working up a healthy sweat.
Dancewave’s instructors approach their students as artists-in-the-making, seeking to impact the lives of New York City youth through pre-professional arts training. Classes for kids include pre-pointe, ballet, and hip-hip. Adults can flex through the poses of modern dance classes or work up a sweat in Pilates and Zumba classes. Dancewave also hosts summer intensives, as well as trains pre-professional ensembles that perform in venues such as Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Jorday Rivera's passion for hip-hop and Latin dance infuses her classes with rhythmic energy during each meeting at her namesake studio. Jorday's interest in dance began at a young age when her parents took her to the bustling streets of Broadway to watch colorful stage productions and the spontaneous musical numbers that would take place during each rainstorm. By the time she reached adulthood, Jorday had garnered extensive experience in mambo, salsa, cha-cha, and hip-hop disciplines and had danced side by side with the likes of Eddie Torres and Mario Diaz. This accumulation of hip-swiveling savvy eventually led Jorday to cultivate a love of teaching, finally opening her own dance studio in 1997. Today, the studio houses a variety of dance classes, from modern and hip-hop to belly dancing and Latin, led by a cadre of instructors trained in a panoply of styles.
Newcomers might walk into Dance Reverie with two left feet, but they leave with a graceful waltz-tempo spring in their step. Emphasizing a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere, instructors lead first-time students through an energetic array of dance styles including tango, swing, fox trot, samba, and merengue. Classes break down each dance into its constituent parts while participants learn with partners or solo. But whether the studio is hosting private lessons or group parties, the enthusiastic staff ensures each experience is as enjoyable as it is educational.
Roshelle “Rocky” Wilder, NYC Dance Arts’ founding director, began dancing and choreographing dance pieces when she was still in high school. She has performed with underground hip-hop artists such as Denzil Porter, Deena Jones, and The Future, and her students at NYC Dance Arts have performed on Broadway, earning mention from ExpertsColumn.com.. With a team of teachers, Wilder guides students through the steps of contemporary hip-hop, classical ballet, heart-healthy Zumba, and other dance-centric classes.
Ballet classes boost students’ balance, concentration, and coordination while strengthening core muscles. Modern/contemporary dance rebels against the traditional aesthetic of classical ballet with abstract, emotive movements—or by cutting class, sneaking out, and taking the works of Jean-Paul Sartre very seriously. Break dance 101 introduces students to urban street dance, focusing on inspiration and creativity. Yoga fitness classes combine a cardio workout with deep-breathing exercises and yoga poses. In addition to regular classes, NYC Dance Arts offers special workshops with visiting choreographers and professional dancers, and organizes dance flash mobs—groups of dancers who meet in a public place to perform a dance routine.